Photo Gallery: Michael Penney’s Apartment
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Rustic baskets above the shelves and a mod ’60s light fixture emphasize the height of this kitchen.
H&H style editor Michael Penney removed the upper kitchen cabinet doors and stapled grasscloth wallpaper to the back, creating chic and expansive-looking open shelves. A wallpaper feature wall also draws the eye up and out to the window view.
A secondhand cabinet from Craigslist stands in as a stylish and budget-savvy island.
The wood in this buffet was in good condition, so H&H style editor Michael Penney made the uncharacteristic decision not to gunk it up with paint. The pegboard — an homage to Julia Child’s kitchen — offers valuable storage space.
Vintage chairs — recovered in a menswear-inspired Robert Allen fabric — add a bespoke touch to this space.
"I used two inexpensive readymade drapery panels on each side," says Michael. Doubling up on drapes creates a fuller, more luxurious look for much less than the cost of custom lined curtains.
Colour-blocked books add punch to white shelves and collectibles.
H&H style editor Michael Penney splurged on a chocolate brown tuxedo sofa with a well-made frame. A seagrass rug and vintage glass and wood furniture introduce texture and personality in the space.
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Painting the back of this built-in hutch makes china, antique goblets and collectibles stand out.
“Sara and I are definitely young fogeys and we love to use our tea set and silverware,” says H&H style editor Michael Penney. “So, rather than hide them away, we used them to fill the hutch.”
A vintage painting, trophy, mirror and woven basket add texture and eclectic charm to this living room mantelscape.
“To find great deals in a secondhand store or junk shop, you have to rummage and dig,” says H&H style editor Michael Penney. “I force myself to go through an area more than once because it’s hard to see everything in one pass. It takes time for your eyes to adjust to the clutter and pick out the good stuff.”
Simple white bedding allows the printed drapes — a steal at $12 a yard — to steal the spotlight.
H&H style editor Michael Penney talked his wife into letting him paint the bedroom ceiling an intense robin’s egg blue. The granny-chic valance can be removed for a more streamlined look down the road.
A wide and preppy striped wallpaper wakes up this room.
To create this DIY headboard, H&H style editor Michael Penney framed panels from a vintage door with MDF and mounted it to the wall. The glam pulls for the bedside tables came from eBay — just $20 for four! Crisp white bedding and lampshades tie the look together.
A clawfoot tub and wainscotted tile add charm, while the all-white palette keeps the look fresh.
This bathroom offered little storage, so H&H style editor Michael Penney spray-painted a vintage wall-mounted unit black to visually anchor the space. The open weave pattern keeps it airy. He also chose a simple polka-dot shower curtain for its quirky, Kate Spade vibe.
A chinoiserie thrift-store chaise, drum stool and patterned cushions evoke a air of genteel splendour.
H&H style editor Michael Penney chose vinyl for the chaise upholstery so that it could also be used outdoors. A new shade reinvented the $6 secondhand lamp.